Dressing for your body type is essential on your wedding day. A poorly fitting dress stands out and stays with you through photos and memories. Whatever style you prefer, it’s important to know what looks good on your body type and how to work that to your advantage. For modern women who prefer dresses that look sleek and stylish, a sheath dress may be the answer.
What is a Sheath Dress?
A sheath silhouette is one with a cut that follows the natural shape of the body. It’s a sleek design that has a modern appearance with long, straight lines. These long lines lengthen the body, making them appropriate for shorter brides. Taller brides may also like a sheath dress that enhances their slim figures and modelesque appearance. These dresses come in a variety of styles and materials. For instance, you can purchase lace, silk or satin sheath dresses. Some drape over the body while others tightly follow your body’s outline. Sheath dresses have an excellent fit and work well for beach weddings or less-formal celebrations where a fuller dress, like a ballgown, may be overwhelming.
A sheath dress is shaped with darts, which means that you’ll likely want to have professional alterations to get them into the right places. These darts tend to emphasize heart-shaped or hourglass-shaped bodies best on slimmer women. Brides with fuller figures may find that a sheath dress makes them appear fuller instead of emphasizing their curves or smaller waist area. Some versions of this dress, like a column or shift-shaped sheath dress, work best with women who have boxy or straight shapes, since the lines fall straight on these body types.
What Body Type is the Sheath Silhouette For?
The sheath silhouette is best for a petite or slender bride. The cut is formfitting and elongated, making the bride appear taller. This design works because it doesn’t overwhelm a smaller bride’s body, but instead enhances her appearance. Sheath dresses may drape loosely as well, gently flowing over the body’s curves, which can make them slightly forgiving if a bride is concerned about a slight tummy or panty lines.
No matter what body type you have, we can help you find a suitable dress that makes your figure pop on your big day. At TK Bridal & Alterations, we perform alterations on gowns to make them fit you, not a mannequin. You’ll love having a dress that contours to your body and provides the appearance you’re looking for with a fit that makes it comfortable and photogenic. Visit us online to learn more about how we can help with your wedding day.